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post #31 of 49
If someone claims that his French cuffs make it awkward to use a computer keyboard, well, I guess I'll take his word for it.

But I've been a touch typist - starting with a manual (that's non-electric) Royal typewriter, than a Smith-Corona electric, then a couple of IBM Selectrics, and finally an assortment of computer keyboards - for nearly 40 years now. (I acquired the skill at an early age, in part due to my father having owned and operated a secretarial school.) And I've been wearing French cuffs - at least occasionally - for a good, long time, as well. And I can't really see how, absent some very strange circumstances, the cuffs would be an issue. At least, not unless the sleeves were way too long, or the cuffs ridiculously over-sized.

I mean, do these French cuffs come down to the palm of the person's hand? If so, it's like claiming that shoes make it awkward to drive a car - because the person claiming the problem chooses to wear comically over-large clown shoes.

Again, I'm not doubting that it's a problem for people who claim it's a problem. I'm just having a hard time picturing it in my mind's eye, is all. It's sort of how if someone insisted that her wedding ring made it awkward to use a keyboard, I might believe her, but I couldn't visualize it unless she typed with her hands practically flat against the keys (which would be appallingly bad form), or wore a wedding ring the size of a small doughnut (which would just be appalling, period).
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Michael

(And in case anyone is wondering, the IBM Selectric II is the mostly nearly perfect electric typewriter of all time. It took a fundamental paradigm shift - to the computer and word processing software - to supplant it. What the Nikon F2 was to cameras, the Selectric II was to typewriters.)
post #32 of 49
I well remember the Selectric. Under the command of a skilled typist they were fast as lightining. The interchangable typeface balls were a revolution to those of us with a strong need for a graphic use of type.. We used to do business proposals in a format that required the Secretary to use three different typefaces (drove the poor lady crazy).

These were the days in which 'corrections' were manual. It's actually hard to comprehend how we accomplished anything at all.

Back to french cuff shirts. Whatever - I wear them nearly every day - no issues with my computer keyboard that I'm aware of.
post #33 of 49
French Cuffs are never going to disappear, they just aren't as trendy as they used to be, I haven't worn them since the "Greed is good" days, no braces or yellow paisley power tie either. I stopped buying them because the were a pita and I kept misplacing cuff links to the point of buying a dozen pair of the same colored silk knot cheapies to keep me going.

Nothing makes a statement these days like a cheap, overly tight Banana Republic suit and an old school big collared bankers shirt. Rofl still at the junior that committed that crime at a meeting last month.
post #34 of 49
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I well remember the Selectric.

Selectric! Boogywoogywoogywoogy!
post #35 of 49
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

If someone claims that his French cuffs make it awkward to use a computer keyboard, well, I guess I'll take his word for it.

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Michael
(And in case anyone is wondering, the IBM Selectric II is the mostly nearly perfect electric typewriter of all time. It took a fundamental paradigm shift - to the computer and word processing software - to supplant it. What the Nikon F2 was to cameras, the Selectric II was to typewriters.)

Well my experience has been with some of my shirts that when I am typing the cufflinks bang against the keys. Perhaps one or 2 of the shirts the cuffs are a bit long. But as I have said previously I got around this by undoing the links and folding the cuffs back which eliminated teh problem.


I was surprised however that this was the reason given at a store for people not buying French cuff shirts for that reason.

Stuarts8
post #36 of 49
I too am concerned about this. Mortgages, children, caring for aging parents, and French cuffs.
post #37 of 49
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Mortgages, children, caring for aging parents, and French cuffs.
If I remember correctly from 10th grade algebra, "aging parents" is the semantic inverse of "children," so the two terms ought to cancel each other out. Thus, one is left with just mortgages and French cuffs.

BTW, back in 2003, did anyone try renaming French cuffs, "Liberty cuffs?"
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Michael

("I like cuff links that have two co-equal sides, connected by a chain. Not for me are today's lesser cuff links, with but one real side connected by a central post to some pathetic swiveling thing. They're tawdry excuses for the glory that are real cuff links, I tell you what." - commonly attributed to Hank Rutherford Hill, Turn of the Century Sartorial Philosopher and Recipient of the Blue Flame of Valor Award from the Texas Propane Dealers' Association.)
post #38 of 49
I tend to rest my wrists on the desk while typing, so sometimes when wearing French cuffs I have to rotate them to the side. But this has never posed an unsurmountable problem.
post #39 of 49
Might I suggest a dictaphone?
post #40 of 49
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("I like cuff links that have two co-equal sides, connected by a chain. Not for me are today's lesser cuff links, with but one real side connected by a central post to some pathetic swiveling thing. They're tawdry excuses for the glory that are real cuff links, I tell you what." - commonly attributed to Hank Rutherford Hill, Turn of the Century Sartorial Philosopher and Recipient of the Blue Flame of Valor Award from the Texas Propane Dealers' Association.)

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post #41 of 49
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Might I suggest a dictaphone?
534
post #42 of 49
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534

 

That globe is awesome.

post #43 of 49
I'm not a big FC guy, because I've been turned off by all the shitty cuffs I see bank tellers, etc. wear. It kills it for me.
post #44 of 49
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

("I like cuff links that have two co-equal sides, connected by a chain. Not for me are today's lesser cuff links, with but one real side connected by a central post to some pathetic swiveling thing. They're tawdry excuses for the glory that are real cuff links, I tell you what." - commonly attributed to Hank Rutherford Hill, Turn of the Century Sartorial Philosopher and Recipient of the Blue Flame of Valor Award from the Texas Propane Dealers' Association.)

 

Did he actually say that on the show? That's hilarious; you could absolutely attribute it to any random SF poster... laugh.gif

post #45 of 49

^ I don't think so. And he never rented Cuffs and Collars, either.

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